The Dean Organic Fund

Young Organic Farmer/ Grower of the Year Award 2022


Are you, or do you know, a forward-thinking, innovative organic farmer/grower who is passionate about implementing organic principles, has proven strong leadership skills and deserves recognition within the organic industry?

ORC, the UK’s leading independent organic research organisation, continually aspires to grow its network in the agricultural community and develop innovative solutions that enhance the changing farming landscape.

To encourage the emergence of a new generation of organic ‘farmers’ we launched a new award last year ‘The Young Organic Farmer of the Year’ (YOFY), which was won by Ashley Wheeler and Kate Norman of Trill Farm Garden, Musbury, Devon.

Could you, or someone you know, win our YOFY award for 2022?

2021 winners, Ashley Wheeler and Kate Norman

Nominations

Nominations are now sought for an individual who is:

  • Young – nominees should be less than 40 years old on 30th September 2022
  • Organic – nominations should centre around the adoption of organic principles even though the nominee may not be producing or working with organically certified produce
  • Farmer – nominees should be working in and for the organic community; they may be employed by farmers or organisations within the sector even if they do not class themselves as farmers.

The Winner

The winner of the award will be selected through a small panel convened by the ORC to include members of the ORC team, Trustees and members of the farming community.  The panel may also choose to award commendations to further nominees.

The ORC are offering the 2022 YOFY award winner a £1,500 donated cash prize and are working with Chelsea Green Publishing, the leading publisher of books about organic farming, gardening, smallholding and more, who are donating ‘A Complete Grower’s Library’ of books on organic and agroecological farming to the 2022 winner – worth over £500.

How to apply

Nominations can be made by completing a simple form which can be downloaded from our website (see link below) and submitted by email to YOFY@organicresearchcentre.com. The form will ask nominators to explain why they feel that their nominee should be named as Young Organic Farmer of the Year, referencing their commitment to organic principles and their ability to innovate and drive change, as well as demonstrating strong leadership skills.

The deadline for all entries has been extended to 30th September 2022.

Click here to download the application form

If you have any questions about the award please email YOFY@organicresearchcentre.com. Good luck!

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